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Fall Yard Prep & Cleanup
Landscape Denver, Fall Cleanup, Denver Landscaping Companies
By Bryn Abshire - September 30, 2015
Most of us think of spring and summer as the primary seasons where we need to work outside and care for our lawns and gardens, but there is a lot to take care of in the fall in order to get your yard in order before the first frost and to prepare it for next spring. Fall is prime time when it comes to planning for the next growing season, so even though we still have the winter months ahead to get through, now is the time to dream up your ideal outdoor space for next spring! With fall’s cooler temperatures it is also an ideal time to enjoy working outside and it provides a great opportunity to get some fresh air and savor the sites and smells of fall. Here is a brief DIY checklist for you to work through this fall to get your backyard ready for next year:
- Aerate your lawn: If you notice that water pools on your lawn after you water or after rainfall, that is an indication that the soil needs to be aerated. Aeration allows for water and other nutrients to reach the roots of your grass and to help keep your lawn healthy and looking its best
- Fertilize: Grass roots actually continue to grow until the ground temperature reaches about 40 degrees, so even though the temperature is starting to drop, it is important to continue to feed your lawn during fall to help encourage root growth for next spring
- Mow one last time!: Resist the urge to just let the last of your summer lawn grow wild and be “taken care of” by frost and snow. In order to help keep your lawn healthy make sure to give your lawn a fall trim – lawn and grass disease is less likely with shorter grass
- Leaves, leaves, leaves: We all like to watch the leaves change color in fall, but dread the thought of raking them all up once they drop off the trees. Raking leaves is a necessary evil in the fall, and clearing your lawn of leaf accumulation will not only make it look better, but is also beneficial to your lawn.
- Consider planting new shrubs: Depending on the plant, fall can be a great time of year to plant new shrubs. Planting shrubs in early fall gives these plants an opportunity to establish roots in the season’s cool, moist environment and will prep them for spring bloom.
- Trim your trees and shrubs: Winter months often come with wind and snow, and dangling branches from trees can be a risk to your homes windows, siding and roof. Trim trees and shrubs back in the fall to stay safe.
- Dry out your sprinkler systems: it is important to prepare your sprinkler system for the colder months by making sure that all water has been expelled from your irrigation system. The first step is to shut off the water at the main valve and if you have an automatic sprinkler system the controller (or timer) setting either needs to be changed or disconnected.
Let the professional landscapers at My Denver Landscaper take care of fall yard cleanup for you and help to prep your lawn for spring 2016 – give us a call today!